Occupational performance measures: a review based on the guidelines for the client-centred practice of occupational therapy

Can J Occup Ther. 1990 Apr;57(2):77-81. doi: 10.1177/000841749005700206.


In 1987, Health and Welfare Canada and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Task Force recommended that work go forward to develop an outcome measure for occupational therapy which reflects the Occupational Performance Model. The first step in this process was to review critically those outcome measures which assess occupational performance and that are currently available in the literature. This paper will present the review process, describe in more detail eight assessments that fulfilled many of the review criteria, discuss the limitations of these measures using the "Guidelines for the Client-centred Practice of Occupational Therapy as the framework, and make recommendations for the development of a new outcome measure for use in occupational therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Canada
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Occupational Therapy / standards*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Sick Role
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Task Performance and Analysis